Chicago cop Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels has chased and caught dozens of dangerous criminals over the course of her career. But she's about to meet her match.
When Jack wakes up in a storage locker, bound and gagged, she knows with chilling certainty who her abductor is.
He's called "Mr. K," and more than two hundred homicides have been attributed to him. His victims have died in the most horrible ways imaginable: he is the essence of evil. Some think he's just an urban legend, but he's very, very real. Jack has tangled with him twice in the past, and both times he managed to slip away.
Now Jack will finally have the chance to confront the maniac she's been hunting for over twenty-five years. Unfortunately, it won't be on her terms. In less than two hours, Mr. K is going to do to Jack what he's done to countless others. And Jack is going to learn that sometimes the good guys don't win...
Crack another case with Jack.
©2011 J.A. Konrath (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Although some of the other Jack Daniels books have a humorous tinge to them, this book left me feeling yucky! It was horribly gruesome and sexually sadistic. I have enjoyed other books in this series more. The plot did not flow well either. It seemed that the horrific tortures to people were weighted more than the actual plot. Not a very good read for relaxation.
I love to listen to the Jack Daniels series when I'm driving. Light enough approach, some humor, likeable characters, and a pretty good plot line. While I enjoyed Shaken it was a little hard to follow because it jumps between time periods (15 years ago, a few years ago, and current day). You can follow along but it is distracting to be reminder at the beginning of each chapter what time period you are in. Not Konrath's best.
I read where the author said this is a good book to start with, because it is in the present but has flashbacks of Jack's life throughout. It was my first read on JA Konrath, and certainly sparked my interest to get the full background of Jack Daniels. She seems to be an intriguing character with lots of colorful colleagues, that I want to hear more about. So, I'm going back to Whiskey Sour and read my way through the series. This book is the prequel to Stirred, which puts Jack up against Blake Crouch's Luther Kite character, introduced in Desert Places. Should be interesting.
The order of story, jumping between three different time periods, was not enjoyable. I think J A Konrath has done this in previous books, but not to this extent. I listen to audio books while driving, in about 45 minute segments. It might take me 8-10 time periods to get through an audio book. I kept getting confused with where I was in the story. (The Jack Daniels character is one I know well as I have listened to all previous books, so I had a solid grasp of Jack's life. This still didn't help.)
I think I saw an option to listen to the book in chronological order. I would recommend that.
I still gave it 4 stars as I like the characters; they make me chuckle.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This is the seventh in the Jack Daniels series and my first by J.A. Conrath, the combination of good characters and intrigue was absolutely what kept it interesting for me. Even though I jumped into the middle of the series this book gave me a good sence of the characters personalities and evolution. The story has a sliding timeline that covers the progression of Jack/Jackie Daniels life as first a policewoman and eventually matures onto her background and success as a detective. In this addition Jack starts out by trying to catch a seriel killer who brutally tortures and murders his victims with a very distinct MO. As the case progresses and the years go by, Jack comes to the realization that there are more than one of these sadistic killers out there and that they are in some way connected. This definitely has some guesome parts so it may not be for everyone. A good crime thriller that has an ending that leads you right into the next book.
I read Konrath's first few books then started to listen and enjoyed the timing and humour. I still enjoy the characters but this book turned dark fast.The Narrators are great. Dick Hill deserves all the accolades he has received over the years. Angela Dawe is a new narrator to the series - replacing Dick's wife Suzie Breck - not sure the reason behind that move. She does a good job but I do miss Suzie's characterization of Jack.
Yes because I like to complete things and will continue reading in the series as Konrath slowly kills most of Chicago.
Both are excellent voice actors - Dick Hill is an experienced and award winning narrator who is a master of all the characters he does. This is the first time I've listened to Angela Dawe and she does a good job with Jack. I'm not sure why they changed from Suzie Breck who use to do all the female voices and really had made Jack's character so I do miss her interpretation.
It took a while to get through - I had to start and stop this book a number of times as I just couldn't deal with the violence for a full week of commuting - I had to break it up with vampires or something a little less terrifying.
I love the this series. This one jumped around alot at times it was a little to much but, it was still a great listen. This book seemed out of order. What happen did JA change his mind? As always Jackie is her everyday if its going to happen kind of self. Great Listen worth the money.
too gory. very sick. jack is usually funny not nauseating.
torture descriptions. way too detailed. way too frequent. way unnecessary to plot.
some sparks,of humor. great, familiar characters.
This book could have been better to much jumping around in time lost track of when and where
None that I have listened. It is a serial killer story with some unique twists. The cop and killer are followed through her life and career. Although we see the killer off and on or at least his handy work, but it is the very end before we get the real picture. No more without spoiling the book.
No. I have only listened to a couple of multi narrator books. My usual complaint, if I have one, is that the narrator--male or female--has problems expressing the opposite sex. This time with a male and female that was not an issue. I did enjoy the dual roles.
This was an excellent story. It was often dark and vicious, however the cops managed to remain professional and often snarky to keep the demons at bay. There were times I really liked the bouncing back and forth between time lines, and others I wish the story had been straight beginning to end. The deepest characterization was for Jac Daniels, however we see the loyalty and deep seeded feelings for all the men in her life between her and them for her.
I would strongly recommend this for people who enjoy really vicious serial killers. NOT for the feint of heart.
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